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Reality show participant wants $13,000 for broken NES

Reality television is nearly as easy a target for society’s ills as videogames. Both arguments are pretty tired, but every once in a while, reality TV sticks its hand up and yells, “don't forget, I'm still ridiculous!” If you're feeling like arguing that point – in which case, bully for you – please examine this video, in which one semi-regular doofus from A&E's Storage Wars attempts to sell a broken NES for over $10,000.

No doubt you're all set to fire off an incisive comment about how “reality TV” doesn't represent any reality you know of and doesn't really make for very good TV either. We agree, however: an NES did sell for $13,000 one time – so Mark Balelo, the unfortunate owner of this NES-shaped paperweight, doesn't know nothing. He knows one thing, which is arguably more dangerous than knowing nothing. And who is worse: the man trying to strike gold sifting through the detritus of others' forgotten lives, or the people living forgotten lives, filling the hours before death watching reality TV about junk stores? Obviously, the answer is clear: it's Balelo, who thinks the NES was an early version of the DS. Come on, guy.

Aug 15, 2011

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31 comments

  • balelo - December 5, 2012 9:15 p.m.

    The fact that I heard that one sold online for that is correct. However, it brought $13,000 because of a rare game and not the console itself. Anyone's first reaction when buying storage units and finding an item that they learned or heard that it could be valuable is to hope that the item found could potentially be a match to that item. I owned a Game store for several years and was currently an owner of a Game store during that episode. However, I am not a gamer and that hope and short lived excitement was based off recollection, not knowing then that the reason it brought that amount was due to a rare game called Stadium Events (one of the rarest Nintendo's NES games in existence). Buying storage units is an everyday learning experience.
  • barrywilson - August 17, 2011 5:27 a.m.

    Is that dude for real? The only way a NES would be worth $13,000 is if it was solid gold, made by beavers in Narnia and blessed by the Aslan himself! Some r-tards out there in the world!
  • balelo - December 5, 2012 9:11 p.m.

    The fact that I heard that one sold online for that is correct. However, it brought $13,000 because of a rare game and not the console itself. Anyone's first reaction when buying storage units and finding an item that they learned or heard that it could be valuable is to hope that the item found could potentially be a match to that item. I owned a Game store for several years and was currently an owner of a Game store during that episode. However, I am not a gamer and that hope and short lived excitement was based off recollection, not knowing then that the reason it brought that amount was due to a rare game called Stadium Events (one of the rarest Nintendo's NES games in existence). Buying storage units is an everyday learning experience.
  • BALLSTOTHEWALLET - August 17, 2011 12:37 a.m.

    When the guy said "..one of the first Nintendo DS", I visibly recoiled and let out an audible "What!?".
  • GameManiac - August 16, 2011 5:20 p.m.

    Heheh, I saw this last week. What a dumbass, thinking that it would sell for over $10,000. There were stains on its surface, of what I have no clue.
  • ObliqueZombie - August 16, 2011 4:32 a.m.

    It's almost like... a child trying to be a wine connoisseur, when he's only ever had grape juice. Tsk, tsk, and I was starting to think TV was going down hill. Now I KNOW.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - August 16, 2011 4:29 a.m.

    I didn't think this guy was serious when I first saw this on Reddit... I facepalmed so hard my nose broke.
  • HamsterGutz - August 16, 2011 3:29 a.m.

    @TheDigitalG I understand how you would get that idea, but the fact is that the vast majority of our shows are fucking retarded reality shows, and the only people who go on reality shows are idiots. For example, Jersey shore.
  • Japanaman - August 16, 2011 2:28 a.m.

    Unless that thing is autographed by every cast member of The Wizard, forget it!
  • EternalHobo - August 16, 2011 12:16 a.m.

    My NES says 001 on the bottom. Anybody want to buy it for $13,000?
  • darkraichu34 - August 15, 2011 11:42 p.m.

    My dad was watching this episode when i saw this story. I thought he was stupid when he said "Nintendo DS".
  • Aletheon - August 15, 2011 11:29 p.m.

    I've never seen that idiot on the show before. I hope he never shows up again!
  • TheDigitalG - August 15, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    Why does every clip from an American show just make me think you're all getting more and more stupid? No offense, but a vast majority of your TV shows seem fucking retarded!
  • lilbuddha - August 15, 2011 10:33 p.m.

    Don't care what ya'll say, this show (and the others like it) are awesome.
  • Leghar - August 15, 2011 10:31 p.m.

    The Lady didn't sell the NES for 13000 dollars, it was "Family Fitness Stadium Events" the rare game in her bundle that was worth that much.
  • gamingfreak - August 15, 2011 10:15 p.m.

    What a fucking moron...
  • GamesRadarMatthewKeast - August 15, 2011 10:08 p.m.

    There is nobody buying closed boxes and then auctioning them off in Storage Wars. It's easy to believe "crazy Americans" would do something crazy... except that nothing like that happens on the show.
  • Redeater - August 15, 2011 9:44 p.m.

    Sorry for the double post but @Enaksan. You never know man. It is the country where a Casey Anthony latex mask went for 1 million on ebay. People with too much money.....slightly smarter then your ape capable of sign language.
  • montyburns - August 15, 2011 9:40 p.m.

    I've seen commercials to this show here in Mexico, and I mean no disrespect, but you americans can do some really crazy shit! I mean, buying closed boxes for 100 bucks and then auction them for thousands!?!?!
  • Redeater - August 15, 2011 9:36 p.m.

    Yeah I remember seeing this a few days ago. Still brings a smile to my face upon viewing it for a 3rd time. That man is a national treasure. Or a "National LLysesid".....which is what my recaptcha seems to be today.

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